Oooh, baby, is it ever a wild world.
Yusuf Islam, who went by the name Cat Stevens in the late 1960s and 1970s before retiring from pop music, was named songwriter of the year by England’s performing rights org PRS.
His song “First Cut Is the Deepest,” which he wrote in 1966 and has been recorded by Rod Stewart, the Sweet, Twiggy and most recently Sheryl Crow, was honored as song of the year.
The American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers honored the top British writer and publisher members of the PRS at the Grosvenor House Hotel in London on Wednesday. Awards presentation honored those PRS writer and publisher members whose repertory is licensed by ASCAP and among its most performed works in the U.S. during 2004.
Top publisher honors went to BMG Music Publishing, and the band Keane took home the ASCAP College Award.
Film music awards went to Trevor Jones (“Around the World in 80 Days”), Andrew Lloyd Webber and Charles Hart (“Phantom of the Opera”) and John Altman (“Shall We Dance”).